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Hanami-koji Dori Historic Street

A celebrated street in Kyoto’s Gion district, renowned for its traditional geisha culture.

Photo of Hanami-koji Dori Historic Street, Japan (roadway between buildings at nighttime photo by Fabrizio Chiagano)

Hanami-koji Dori is a prominent street in Kyoto’s Gion district, epitomizing traditional Japanese heritage. This street is known for its Machiya townhouses and the presence of geisha and maiko. Walking along Hanami-koji Dori is like stepping into the Edo period, offering a window into Kyoto’s cultural offerings through its architecture, cuisine, and performing arts.

About Hanami-koji Dori Historic Street

Hanami-koji Dori is celebrated for its well-preserved Edo-period scenery. It features Machiya houses, which reflect an era when property taxes were based on street frontage. Today, these buildings house high-end restaurants, ochaya teahouses, and shops selling Kyoto’s crafts and souvenirs.

The ochaya are central to Hanami-koji Dori’s cultural appeal, where geiko and maiko provide entertainment. These teahouses are part of the traditional geisha hospitality. For a more accessible introduction to geisha culture, the Gion Corner cultural show presents traditional arts, including maiko dances.

During the hanami season, the street is adorned with blooming sakura, enhancing its appeal. Hanami-koji, meaning “flower viewing street,” is aptly named for this picturesque period.

Visitors should explore Hanami-koji Dori at a relaxed pace, appreciating its historic and cultural essence. Respectful interaction with geisha and maiko is essential, and participation in guided tours can provide an authentic experience.

Close to Hanami-koji Dori, the Shirakawa area offers a serene setting with its high-class establishments along the Shirakawa Canal. Contrasting with the traditional atmosphere, nearby Shijo Avenue presents a bustling shopping area. For a broader glimpse into Kyoto’s history, the Higashiyama district and Kennin-ji Temple are accessible, enriching the exploration of Japan’s cultural past.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Hanami-koji Dori Historic Street

KH 39

 Keihan Main Line

 5-10 minute walk (800m)
T 10

 Kyoto Tozai Line

 10-20 minute walk (0.9km)
HK 86

Hankyu Kyoto-kawaramachi
 Hankyu Kyoto Main Line + 1 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.0km)

Around Hanami-koji Dori Historic Street

Hanami-koji Dori Historic Street

Historic Street in Kyoto

open 8am - midnight
closed Irregularly


花見小路, 京都

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